My duck keeps bullying my new Muscovy duckling. (Confused)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CherpNPeep, Aug 25, 2018.

  1. CherpNPeep

    CherpNPeep Songster

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    Thank you for clicking on my post. I think I'm posting way too much for help but I just got my three Muscovy ducklings for my duck Peep who lost her mate and she'd peck on the yellow Muscovy and only the yellow one? What can I do, did I do anything wrong? I had to seperate them putting the ducklings into a see through bin and placed it in the pen with Peep. (The one who bullies the duckling.) :hit
     
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  2. TSOWOATNKC

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    They're establishing pecking order. Some amount of "bullying" is relatively normal. I'd set up a space so they can meet, and even touch; but the babies can get away easily if need be.
     
  3. CherpNPeep

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    HI! So I did some research and I found that drakes do that to females if the ratio is uneven? I'm confused though because the owner told me Peep was a female.
     
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  4. TSOWOATNKC

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    Any duck will establish pecking order, not just drakes. You could have all ducks with zero drakes, and there will be an alpha female. Animals of all kids are really very into who is top of the hierarchy.
     
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  5. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Ducks don't automatically get along. Are the ducklings full grown yet? My adult ducks were quite mean to my ducklings initially (males and females) and had to be in a see no touch set up about a month before they could have time together. Even then they would try and bite the ducklings through the fence and bang on the bars. Next the ducklings had time with the nicest adults and eventually after a few more weeks everyone moved in together. It was rough at first but they all get along now. No one got to live together until the ducklings were virtually full grown.
     
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  6. CherpNPeep

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    But like, she bullied just the one duckling out of the three.
     
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  7. CherpNPeep

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    And no they're not fully grown. Only 2 months old.
     
  8. chickens really

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    Try a look no touch pen for a few weeks. Introducing them while they free range helps and then separated again when your not watching over them.
     
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  9. CherpNPeep

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    Seems like the only way. Thank you!
     
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  10. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Yes, once they gain confidence and mature a bit more they will look after themselves..
     
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